• Your home network is the default network your PC or laptop connects to when connected to Wi-Fi.
  • Many users have reported that sometimes their home network is not showing and we will show you how to fix it.
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Most of us have a wireless connection at home, but many users reported that their home network will not appear in the list of available networks.

This can be a tricky problem and in today’s article we’ll show you how to fix it permanently.

Not being able to see or access your home network can be a problem, and speaking of network issues, here are some similar issues that users have reported:

  • Can’t see my WiFi network Windows 10 –This issue may be related to the drivers on your network. To fix the problem, you need to update them to the latest version and check if that helps.
  • WiFi network not showing up Windows 10, on any device, on laptop –This problem can affect other devices and not just your laptop with Windows 10. If this problem occurs on multiple devices, the problem is most likely caused by your router or your network settings.
  • Laptop not detecting my WiFi but detecting others –This issue can occur if your Wi-Fi network is not properly enabled. To fix the problem, enable your network from the Settings app and see if that helps.
  • SSID not showing up on available network list – There are different types of network connections and if you are using a 5 GHz network, your devices may not be able to see or access it. To fix the problem, adjust the Wi-Fi settings and switch to the 4GHz network.
  • Home network won’t connect –Sometimes your home network can’t connect at all. This can be a problem, but you should be able to fix it with one of our solutions.

How can I fix a Home network that doesn’t show up?

  1. Using Command Prompt
  2. Verify that the required services are running
  3. Temporarily log out of Windows
  4. Make sure your Wi-Fi network is turned on
  5. Update your Wi-Fi drivers and install Wi-Fi software
  6. Make sure you have the latest updates installed
  7. Make sure you are using the correct frequency.
  8. Check the wifi channel

1. Use Command Prompt

1. Start Command Prompt as administrator.

  1. To do that, press Windows key + X and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
  2. You can also use PowerShell (Admin) if you prefer.

 WiFi network not showing up on laptop

2. Now run the following commands:
     reg delete HKCRCLSID {988248f3-a1ad-49bf-9170-676cbbc36ba3} /va /f
          netcfg -v -u dni_dne

According to users, if your home network is not showing up at all, the problem may be related to your registry. Several users have found a solution and to fix the problem, you need to delete certain entries from your registry.

After running these two commands, restart your PC to apply the changes. After the PC restarts, check if the problem is solved. If you can’t run the first command, it means this solution didn’t work for you, so move on to the next solution.


2. Check if the required services are running

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Now enter msc and press Enter or click OK.

 WiFi network not showing up on laptop

3. Now you should pay close attention to the following services:

4. Make sure all these services are working properly. If one of these services is not running,               right-click on that service and select Start from the menu.

 WiFi network not showing up on laptop

If your home network is not listed, the problem may be related to certain services. Your system is heavily dependent on services and if the required services are not running, you may encounter various issues.

After all three services are working properly, check if the problem persists.

3. Temporarily log out of Windows

This is only a temporary solution, but it may come in handy if you are having problems with your home network in Windows. According to users, if your home network is not listed, you can easily fix the problem by logging out of Windows and selecting your Wi-Fi network. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows key + L and you will log out of Windows.
  2. Now select the Wi-Fi icon in the lower right corner and choose your Wi-Fi network.
  3. Now go back to Windows.

After doing that, you should be able to connect to your Wi-Fi network. Keep in mind that this is just a solution, and if this solution works for you, you should repeat it every time you encounter this problem.


4. Make sure that your Wi-Fi network is enabled

  1. Open the Settings app.
    You can do it directly with the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + I.
  2. When the Settings app opens, go to the Network & Internet section.

 WiFi network not showing up on laptop

3. In the right pane, scroll down and click Network and Sharing Center.

 WiFi network not showing up on laptop

4. When the Network and Sharing Center window opens, click Change adapter settings.

 WiFi network not showing up on laptop

5. Find your Wi-Fi connection, right-click and choose Enable.
If you are having problems with Wi-Fi, the Wi-Fi connection may not be enabled. To resolve this issue, it is recommended that you check your settings.

After this, the problem should be solved and you can connect to the home network again.


5. Update your Wi-Fi drivers and install the Wi-Fi software

Network issues can sometimes be linked to the status of your Wi-Fi drivers. When they are outdated or corrupted, you will likely experience a problem such as the connection not appearing.

Here’s how to manually update your Wi-Fi drivers:

  1. Open the Device Manager by typing its name in the taskbar or by opening Run (R + Windows) and typing devmgmt.msc.
  2. Open the list of network adapters by double clicking on it or by clicking on the small arrow in front of it.
  3. Find your Wi-Fi adapter (it should have Wireless in its name) and right click on it
  4. Select Update Driver
  5. Select Search for driver software automatically if you want the wizard to automatically find the required drivers online.

If you prefer to download them yourself, make sure to get them from your device manufacturer’s official website, continue with the steps above, but select Browse my computer for driver software for step 5, go to the location where you store your drivers downloaded and select them.

6. Continue with the update. If your drivers are already up to date, a message will tell you                    exactly that, in which case the cause of your problem may be different, the other solutions               should also be considered.
After the update is complete, check if your problem is solved.

If you find this solution too complicated, or you don’t know where to find the right drivers, you can always use third-party solutions.

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Some of the most common Windows errors and crashes are the result of old or incompatible drivers. Lack of an up-to-date system can lead to slowdowns, system errors, or even BSoD.
To avoid such problems, you can use an automated tool that will find, download and install the correct version of the driver on your Windows PC in just a few clicks, and we highly recommend DriverFix. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Download and install DriverFix.
  2. Launch the application.
  3. Wait for DriverFix to detect all your faulty drivers.
  4. The software will now show you all the drivers that have problems, and you just need to select the drivers you want to fix.
  5. Wait for DriverFix to download and install the latest drivers.
  6. Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

6. Make sure that you have the latest updates installed

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Now go to the Update & Security section.

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3. In the right pane, click the Check for Updates button.

 WiFi network not showing up on laptop

According to users, sometimes your home network does not appear due to glitches in Windows. These errors can cause all sorts of problems and the best way to fix them is to update Windows to the latest version.

To do that, you need to connect your PC to the Internet via the Ethernet cable.

If updates are available, they will be downloaded automatically in the background. After the updates are installed, check if the problem persists. Many users reported that updating Windows to the latest version solved the problem for them, so be sure to give it a try.


7. Make sure that you’re using the correct frequency

In case you didn’t know, there are two wireless standards: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The first standard is older and generally available on older devices. If you have an old router or Wi-Fi adapter on your PC, your device may not be compatible with the 5 GHz network.

To fix the problem, you need to configure your router to use only the 2.4 GHz standard. Refer to your router’s manual to learn how to do this properly. If your router does not support the 5 GHz standard, the problem is probably related to something else.


8. Check the Wi-Fi channel

According to users, sometimes the home network does not appear because of the Wi-Fi channel. Each wireless network uses a specific channel to transmit itself, and if you’re surrounded by multiple Wi-Fi networks, you may not be able to see your home network.

To resolve this issue, users recommend changing your Wi-Fi channel. This is quite easy, and to do this you need to go to your router’s settings page and change the channel in the Wi-Fi settings.

For best results, make sure to use a channel that is not used by other Wi-Fi networks. To determine which channel is best for you, you may need to use Wi-Fi analysis software.

Many users reported that their channel was set to Automatic and this was causing the problem, but after setting a channel to a specific value, the problem was resolved.

As you can see, home network issues can be tricky, but you should be able to fix them with one of our solutions.

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